In August of 1845 Johannes Dürrstein was born in Niederrad, Germany. Dürrstein began in watches learning commercial sales at the Ludwig & Fries watchmaking suppliers in Frankfurt before becoming a traveling sales representative making contacts in Switzerland and Germany. Then by January 1874, Dürrstein established the Dürrstein & Comp. watch wholesaler in Dresden. With his new company he began general distribution of Glashütte-based A. Lange & Söhne. Julius Bergter became an advisor for Durrstein and began to submit patents for the company. This led to Johannes Dürrstein establishing the Uhrenfabrik Union in Glashütte and eventually Julius became the director just after Durrstein sold a Grand Complication at the Chicago World Fair in the USA. Durrstein passed not long after and his wife Lina and her sons took control of the company. They helped Hugo Bogusch succeed Julius Bergter as the director of Union Uhrenfabrik until 1925. They appointed him to help streamline production. and create new types of movements such as the flattest pocket watch movements. Eventually the company dissolved and was re-founded in August of 1996.